Why is it that there is such a negative connotation around those who are on the spectrum?

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People hear the word “autism” and automatically assume that means they are incapable of having a future. This is so far from the truth, there are so many artists, authors, and scientists on the autism spectrum that are extremely successful. I know first hand that people on the spectrum are some of the smartest and most diligent people I know.

My goal in this project is to get rid of the negative connotation about autism and to show how incredible everyone is. I also hope to just encourage people to be nice to everyone because you never really know what is going on in someone’s life so it can’t hurt to just be nice. 

Global Goals: the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Global Goals

I feel that my beautiful question mostly relates to reduced inequalities because of the SDG target 10.2

“Promote universal social, political and economic inclusion.”

This has to do with equality for all even those who are differently-abled such as those on the autism spectrum.


You never really know what anyone is going through, so it is better off just to treat others how you want to be treated. My call to action is mainly just for everyone to think before they speak and say anything that might hurt someone’s feelings. I also believe that people should educate themselves on disorders such as autism just to be more aware and to know that it doesn’t mean a person is hopeless, just that it might take them a couple of tries to get to the same place that you are. 


Click on the links below to not only educate yourself on autism, but to also see how other people’s reactions and actions might effect those on the spectrum and see how you can help out. 



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I am a senior at Savannah Country Day School and I am trying to find out why is it that when people hear the word "autism" they only think bad things.


  1. Hi! I think it’s great that you are raising awareness on a topic that is viewed with such a stigma surrounding it. Shedding light on austim as well as disability in general and just educating those around us is the first step in eliminating this stigma. Your project was very informative, great job!!

  2. Hi Katie!

    I absolutely loved your project. I think your project not only applies to autism, but so many mental health disorders. For example, I learned in my goa class this semester that people who have schizophrenia can have very full, normal lives and achieve great things. When I hear the word autism, I think of great things and I hope to also teach others to think great things. How do you think you could spread this initiative on a larger scale?

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